Sandra Oh Turns 46 Today — Here Are 15 Crazy Facts About the Birthday Girl

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Sandra Oh Turns 46 Today — Here Are 15 Crazy Facts About the Birthday Girl

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Sandra Oh Turns 46 Today — Here Are 15 Crazy Facts About the Birthday Girl

You love (and miss) Sandra Oh from her time on Grey’s Anatomy. But how much do you know about the woman behind Cristina Yang?

Sandra turns 46 today — July 20, 2017 — and to celebrate her birthday, we’ve rounded up our favorite facts about the five-time Emmy nominee that even the most diehard Grey’s fan might not know.

Sandra Oh Turns 46 Today — Here Are 15 Crazy Facts About the Birthday Girl
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1. She was a ballet dancer

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1. She was a ballet dancer

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While it’s impossible to imagine Cristina in a tutu, we can see why the tall and graceful Sandra would be a good dancer.

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2. She’s multilingual

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2. She’s multilingual

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She speaks fluent Korean, English, French, and Spanish.

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3. She was a member of a champion improv team

3. She was a member of a champion improv team

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She was part of the National Champion Canadian Improv Team at The Canadian Improv Games during the late ‘90s. Cool!

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4. She and Kate Walsh worked together before ‘Grey’s’

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4. She and Kate Walsh worked together before ‘Grey’s’

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Sandra and Kate Walsh (whom we know and love as Addison Montgomery) played lovers in the 2003 film Under the Tuscan Sun.

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5. She’s terrible at riding motorcycles

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5. She’s terrible at riding motorcycles

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Sandra had to learn to ride a motorcycle for her role in the critically acclaimed film Sideways, but she told EDGE she was “terrible” at it and wouldn’t trust herself on one again.

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6. She thinks fame makes it harder to be a good actor

6. She thinks fame makes it harder to be a good actor

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Your ability to be authentic is compromised,” she explained to EDGE. “Fame is detrimental to one’s true artistry because that artistry comes out in the privacy of one’s being with one’s soul — when your soul feels safe in its surrounding to be free, to be authentic.”

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7. She wants to be the best

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7. She wants to be the best

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Like Cristina, she sets high standards for herself. She told the Los Angeles Times (via People) that when she was in theater school she “was called ‘The Quota Child’” because there were so few Asian actors in the school.

“I just didn’t let it get to me,” she said. “I decided very early that I was going to be an actor. Period. The best actor possible.”

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8. She has played pregnant movie characters three times

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8. She has played pregnant movie characters three times

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Despite having no kids in real life, Sandra has been fake-pregnant three times on the big screen — in the films Under the Tuscan Sun, Cake, and Last Night.

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9. She made bank on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

9. She made bank on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Her paycheck went from $125K per episode to $250K, according to IMDb.

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10. She married her director

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10. She married her director

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She wed Alexander Payne, director of the aforementioned film Sideways, in 2003. They split in 2005, however, and divorced the following year.

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11. Her parents disapproved of her choice to act

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11. Her parents disapproved of her choice to act

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But they came around — they even accompanied Sandra to the 2006 Emmys and the 2008 Emmys!

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12. Her family has serious academic chops

12. Her family has serious academic chops

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“I’m the only person in my family who doesn’t have a master’s in something,” Sandra told Ellen DeGeneres in 2006.

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13. She originally auditioned for Bailey

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13. She originally auditioned for Bailey

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The producers liked her so much as Bailey, they called her in for screen tests. Her sights were set on another character, however.

“So I'm gonna say what I really, really want — which is, I wanna audition for the part of Cristina Yang,” she recalled thinking in a 2014 ABC.com video. “And then they called and they said, ‘You got the part.’”

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14. She still keeps in touch with her TV husband, Kevin McKidd

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14. She still keeps in touch with her TV husband, Kevin McKidd

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Just check out this photo of the two of them at dinner — along with former Grey’s showrunners Joan Rater and Tony Phelan.

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15. She’s coming back to TV!

15. She’s coming back to TV!

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BBC America’s Killing Eve will be an eight-episode thriller about a psychopath assassin both pursuing and pursued by a security services operative, played by Sandra.

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You love (and miss) Sandra Oh from her time on Grey’s Anatomy. But how much do you know about the woman behind Cristina Yang?

Sandra turns 46 today — July 20, 2017 — and to celebrate her birthday, we’ve rounded up our favorite facts about the five-time Emmy nominee that even the most diehard Grey’s fan might not know.